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Herzog Blasted by Opposition Party Chief for Offer to Split Jerusalem

The Times of Israel reports: Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid bashed opposition leader Isaac Herzog (pictured) on Monday for allegedly offering the West Bank and East Jerusalem to the Palestinians in secret talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in 2014-2015, calling the move “dangerous and wrong.”

The criticism marked the opening of a rare rift between the two opposition parties, and came as Herzog has been pilloried by his own party for being an ineffectual leader in challenging the ruling coalition.

Lapid’s remarks came after Channel 10 reported Sunday that Herzog and Abbas worked through proxies ahead of Israeli elections last year to reach a framework for a future peace deal under which Palestinian refugees would receive financial compensation and the Western Wall would remain under Israeli control, Channel 10 news reported on Thursday.

Those talks fell apart after Herzog lost to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2015 election.

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